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Future Of Snakepit In Jeopardy

Rocky Mountain Oysters have been on the menu at the Enaville Resort since the 1950's. Now, the dish, as well as the future of the Snakepit, are in jeopardy as owners Joe & Rose Mary Peak battle health issues. (SR photo: Kathy Plonka)

Joe Peak (pictured) remembers the first time he walked into the Snakepit. “The bar was three deep with loggers and miners,” Peak said. A jewel- bedecked, elaborately dressed woman tended the bar. Paintings and stuffed animals and Western memorabilia covered the walls and hung from the ceiling. Smoke thickened the air. It was January 1978. “It was surreal, it really was,” he said. “A pretty rowdy bunch.” Within weeks, he owned the place with a partner. Since then, Peak and his wife, Rose Mary, have kept the Snakepit, aka the Enaville Resort, open virtually every day but Thanksgiving and Christmas – a place for a meal, a drink (legal or otherwise), some gossip, a dish of complimentary huckleberry ice cream and a blast of wood-hewn “atmosphere”/Shawn Vestal, SR. More here.

Question: Have you ever eaten Rocky Mountain oysters?

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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